Country Life magazine has published a list of 39 characteristics which define a modern gentleman. I’ve always wondered whether or not I'm one of those , so I printed it off and scored myself, using a three-way marking system – ‘Yes’, ‘No', and ‘?’ (don’t know/ sometimes/ not applicable/can’t remember/not saying).
Here are my self-scores:
Yes: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8-10, 14-17, 21, 23-26, 28-30, 32-33, 36-38
No: 3, 18, 20, 22, 31, 34
?: 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 19, 27, 35, 37
I left out 39, because it’s meaningless.
There are, of course, some qualifications, which you can have hours of harmless fun matching to the answers:
- Except Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
- I did once train a dog, not very well. One’s gardener trains the roses, surely?
- Tweed suit? Only worn by cads, surely?
- Nobody has yet died from eating one of my omelettes, as far as I know.
- What, pray, is the distinction between an emoji, an emoticon and a sticker? Insufficient information.
- Rooks exist only in the plural, crows in the singular. Or the other way round, I can never remember.
- What does a gentleman wear on his feet in Puerto Rico then? Oh, no, sorry…
- I tend not to wear flowers, it’s not 1967 you know.